The best microwaves

Panasonic microwave
Eight of the best microwaves on the market

Microwaves are typically a more efficient way of cooking when compared to ovens - particularly if you're heating small portions.

Microwaves work by heating water molecules inside the food to cook in from the inside out. This ends up being quicker and more efficient than an oven, which has to get hot before the food can be cooked from the outside in.

Types of microwave

Microwave only

This is the microwave you'll likely be most familiar with. These microwaves are best for simple tasks such as heating and reheating food or defrosting frozen food.

Microwave with a grill

A little more complex than the microwave only option, these appliances are also equipped with a grill. You still get the same features as a standard microwave, but with the added benefit of being able to grill your food as well. They typically come with metal racks allowing you to position your food as close to the grill as possible.

Combination microwave

Combination - or 'combi' - microwaves are more of a miniature oven than a typical microwave. As well as microwave and grilling option, it also uses a convection oven allowing you to cook bigger meals, such as a Sunday roast, quicker and more thoroughly.

Prepare delicious meals quicker than ever before with one of these brilliant microwaves...

Panasonic steam combination microwave

£499, John Lewis

Say hello to your new favourite kitchen gadget. With the power to steam, grill, bake and microwave your food with ease, this microwave from Panasonic will revolutionise how you work in the kitchen.

The 4-in-1 microwave also boasts built-in sensor technology - eliminating the need to set power levels, food weight or cooking time - 'inverter' technology so your food doesn't turn out over or under-cooked, and self-cleaning surfaces.

Perfect for smaller kitchens, this compact microwave from Samsung is both stylish and clever.

Equipped with smart humidity sensor technology to determine when cooking stages are completed, you'll never have to suffer through over or under-cooked meals again.